Great Operatic Arias - Bruce Ford 1
CHAN 3006
Donizetti
1 The Elixir of Love Nemorino's Romanza 'I saw the tear...'
Lalo
2 The King of Ys Mylio's Aubade 'Since your unbending guardians...'
Bizet
3 The Fair Maid of Perth Henry Smith's Serenade 'The sounds of distant laughter'
von Flotow
4 Martha Lionel's Aria 'None so rare...'
Delibe
5 Lakmé Lakmé and Gérald's duet 'Lakmé! Lakmé!'
with Mary Plazas, soprano (PMF Scholar)
Verdi
6 Falstaff Act III second part, Fenton 'From these true lovers' lips'
Mozart
7
The Abduction from the Seraglio Belmont's Aria
Rossini
8
Armida Ubaldo & Carlo's duet 'Murmuring breezes...'
with Barry Banks, tenor (PMF Scholar)
Handel
9
Semele 'Where'er you walk'
Rimsky-Korsakov
10
Sadko Son of the Hindu Merchant 'From crystal waters...'
Rossini
11
The Barber of Seville The Count's Aria 'Finish this futile argument...' with Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Parry

Recorded in Blackheath Halls, London 10-14 September 1997
Producers - Brian Couzens, Sound engineer - Ralph Couzens - Assistant engineer - Peter Newble
Gramophone

'The programme is an interesting one... pleasures abound. The duet from Lakmé is a particularly happy choice, and beautifully sung. The Armida duet too: a rarity and just the kind of thing that will make a few people interested in finding out more about the opera: that's progress.'

Classic CD

'This confirms his standing as a light lyric tenor of a quality too rare these days, youthful and free in tone, technically secure, expressive yet elegant in phrasing - all the essentials.'